GREGORY MCDONALD, 71
Gregory Mcdonald, whose best-selling Fletch mystery books also were made into films, died Sunday at his antebellum farm in Pulaski, Tenn., about 60 miles southwest of Nashville. He was 71.
Mr. Mcdonald had cancer, his manager, David List, said Wednesday.
Fletch, published in 1974, was the first in a series of books about an investigative reporter named Irwin M. Fletcher.
Actor Chevy Chase portrayed the lead character in the 1985 movie Fletch and the 1989 sequel Fletch Lives.
Mr. Mcdonald twice won the Edgar Allen Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America and published 26 books, including Running Scared, Flynn and The Brave.
He was also a journalist with the Boston Globe.
His last book, Souvenirs of a Blown World, a republished collection of his writings while at the Globe, will be released in early November, according to Seven Stories Press.
After moving to Pulaski, Mr. Mcdonald became an outspoken opponent of white supremacists, who wanted to march there because the city was where the Ku Klux Klan originated.